EdS in Special Education

The EdS is for certified general education teachers with a master's degree who wish to prepare for a new role in special education or who wish to remain in the general education classroom but gain more knowledge of how to best work with and advocate for students with disabilities. The EdS is also for non-certified teachers working with special needs students in a private setting.

Students take courses from faculty and students in special education, literacy for special needs, general education, school psychology, school counseling, and other disciplines represented within the College of Education. This creates a true interdisciplinary approach to learning.

EdS Courses (45 credits)

College of Education Courses

  • EDUC 5000 Introduction to Educational Research
  • EDUC 5110 Child Development
    OR
  • EDUC 5120 Adolescent Psychology

Special Education Courses

  • SPED 5400 Introduction to Special Education and Learning Disorders
  • SPED 5410 Multicultural/Multilingual Issues in Learning
  • SPED 5420 Teaching Students with Learning Disorders
  • SPED 5430 Introduction to Behavior Disorders and Intervention
  • SPED 5450 School Consultation and Intervention
  • SPED 5470 Teaching Students with Low Incidence Disabilities
  • SPSY 5640 Individual Educational Assessment
  • SPED 5490 Practicum: Special Education

Literacy Courses

  • LITC 5250 Seminar in Literacy Instruction
  • LITC 5240 Literacy Assessment and Evaluation
    OR
  • LITC 5270 Specialized Literacy Techniques

Electives (9 credits)

  • LITC 5240 Literacy Assessment and Evaluation
  • LITC 5270 Specialized Literacy Techniques
  • SPED 5460 Advanced Behavioral Intervention
  • SPSY 5620 Family/School Collaboration
  • Or other elective in consultation with advisor

Most courses listed above are 3 credit courses.